It’s been about three months since I quit my stable 9-5 engineering job to pursue the unknown of entrepreneurship. In these last few months I dove into reading (or listening) to the experts on all the things mindset, success and taking big leaps.
It’s not until I started this blog post that I realized how much I’ve been able to read and how it’s become apart of daily habits. It’s also pretty incredible to look at this list and realize how much these authors have helped shape the changes I’ve made in the last three months of my pivot journey. I’m grateful for the ability to learn from other people’s experience and I look forward to adding more and more books to this list.
I can’t recommend this enough. My frentor Amy Jo Martin wrote a NY Times best seller, so naturally I listened to this book before I met her for the first time and repeated back her own words to her, like a weirdo. It’s such a great read on understanding how you show up online for your audience through digital communication and social media.
Again, from my frentor. Amy Jo sent this book to me and it’s #allthewoowoo. I’ve absorbed all the woowoo and then some during this time of pivoting. A badass renegade of a woman, Florence, wrote this book almost a hundred years ago and it’s life-changing. She talks about how important mindset is, how we talk about ourselves and our reality and so much of it, nope, all of it, still rings true today.
I listened to this book through Audible and it’s the modern day self-help book with all the embarrassing stories and cuss words. Jen Sincero talks about manifesting what you want out of this life, and it was really inspiring to hear from Jen that I can make my own reality – I will make my own reality.
The follow up to You Are a Badass – I think I liked this book even more then her first book. In it Jen talks about all the weird, dumb, limiting beliefs we have about money and gives tactical ways to overcome those and make as much money as my heart desires. I’ll be re-reading this a few times.
OH, the Turkey Shack. I could write a whole blog post on this one and perhaps I will. During this time of pivoting, I found myself seeking guidance from the spiritual (#allthewoowoo) and quite often at Pathways Spiritual Sanctuary in Lead, South Dakota. The more I walked through Pathways, the more I feel in love with this spacious and magical piece of property. Why an ole’ ranch boy would dedicate 80 acres of land to strangers to wander, seek guidance and healing – this book is the answer, and it’s a damn good one.
Ever heard of an ULP? Or Upper Limit Problem? Gay Hendricks introduces this silly form of self-sabotage that we put on ourselves when we think we’re reaching that artificial limit we put on our success. I’ve had a lot of ULP’s lately, for obvious reasons, and this book helped me get to the root that so I can move on and expand into abundance, success and love.
This book has been key during my pivoting journey. As someone who use to do all the things, I recognize that I’m a recovering workaholic. Essentialism helped me see that the way to do what I’m truly meant to be doing, is by doing less. Doing only what is essentialism for me in my journey. This book also introduced my favorite new word that perfectly describes this period of pivots: metanoia, the Greek term describing a transformation of the heart.
Holy. This is a BIG read. I’m listening to it now, 8hrs worth of just good lessons. I wish I would have listened to this years ago, it’s a bit old school but the lessons are invaluable and exactly what I need to hear as I break out of feeling small into this new expansion of thinking bigger about what I can and will achieve.
I mean. Of course this was on the list. I listened to this one I loved the stories Rachel told about her journey of getting up over and over fighting for her dream and the hardships that could have stopped her along the way if she let them.
I interviewed Rachel and Meg and love hearing about their passion behind this book. It’s such a unique way to look at leadership and culture in relation to how people approach and react to change – um, hi. Change is my normal right now.
I heard Alex Banayan on the Why Not Now? podcast a few months ago and I’m so excited to finally be reading this. He talks about his journey of interviewing some of the most successful people in the world and it’s incredibly inspiring and relatable.
What other books have helped you through times of transition in your life? I would love to add to my list!
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